June 24, 2012

Merkel's Choice: Europe or Austerity

Ben Fox, New Statesman

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Everybody knows how this saga ends – either Merkel will back down or the euro falls apart. Ultimately, it is up to Germany, and to Angela Merkel, what path to choose. Will it be Europe or austerity? Either way, at least one of the country’s sacred cows will have to be slain.

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